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Bleach Box Set 1: Substitute [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2007
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Ichigo Kurosaki is just your average teenage boy... except that he can see spirits.

So it's not exactly surprising that he gets involved in wild, dangerous adventures, in the first season of the hilarious, action-packed "Bleach." It starts off a bit slow, but rapidly winds into a thrilling, expansive adventure story, with lots of big swords, roaring monsters, and TV psychics.

One night a strange girl appears in Ichigo's bedroom, and is shocked when he can see her. She explains that she's a Soul Reaper, who helps the dead pass on to the Soul Society, and destroys evil spirits called Hollows.

But when Rukia is injured in a fight with a Hollow, all her powers are transferred to Ichigo -- and with them, the responsibility of killing Hollows. Ichigo soon finds out that it isn't easy juggling his new responsibilities with his normal, everyday life -- especially since the powerless Rukia is now attending his school, and living in his closet.

Even more distressing, his new powers are attracting all sorts of trouble: the Hollow who murdered his mother, the now-monstrous brother of his ditzy friend Orihime, an outspoken "mod-soul," and classmate Uryu-- the last of the Quincys, sworn enemies of Soul Reapers. Moreover, Orihime and the gentle giant Chad start developing spiritual powers of their own.

But then two powerful Soul Reapers show up to arrest Rukia. Ichigo is left mortally wounded and robbed of his powers, while Rukia is taken back to the Soul Society to be executed. To rescue Rukia, Ichigo agrees to undergo a terribly training regimen that could leave him worse than dead... and the journey into the Soul Society may be even worse...

Most long-running series run out their welcome pretty quickly, or start following a formula.
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Having previously seen this series I can say that it is excellent. Like Full Metal Alchemist it mixes humour with more serious issues to great effect although it is perhaps not as hard hitting but more subtle. That is the reason for the five stars as this is a quality series.

However I have not been able to enjoy my new boxset as I bought it following the guidlines issued above. This boxset IS NOT multi-region (0) it is region 1, so it is not compatible with European DVD players as they are region 2. Also it IS NOT in PAL format but in NTSC. I am now considering returning the item at cost to myself for return delivery or will have to buy a multiregion player. Disapointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime: Its Not Too Late To Start 17 Jun. 2009
By Tristan A. Hayes - Published on
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Bleach is an action packed anime that began in 2004 in Japan/2006 in the US. At the time of this writing, the English language dubbed versions have been announced to extend to 172 episodes (or 9 seasons), while the Japanese version has 227 episodes (11 seasons) with no intention of stopping anytime soon. For people who like lengthy anime this is definitely one of the ones to choose but because of the lack of reruns ever appearing on TV networks now is a good time to start.

I personally started watching Bleach after buying a copy of the monthly Shonen Jump that is released here and seeing nice action sequences in Bleach. I tended to avoid any of the hype associated with shows because often times hype has lead me to be bored out of my mind. On that note, Season 1 of Bleach (The Substitute) starts off on a confusing high, goes to a slight droll, and then regains its high at the final 5 episodes of the season.

The first episodes open with Ichigo, the main protagonist, being able to see Souls. He meets another girl who is able to see Souls, Rukia, who comes from the Soul Society, which is explained in later episodes to be this gateway world that maintains a balance between the destinations of the souls (yeah its kind of confusing, but the second season takes place in the "Soul Society" so we will hopefully get a clearer explanation then). She transfers her powers to Ichigo, making him a Soul Reaper, empowering him with the powers to fight misguided souls, ie, evil souls known as hollows. The rest of the 20 episodes explore his role as a Soul Reaper as well as a student/friend. Several episodes have interesting plots as well as interesting commentary on death and such. The main background plotline in these episodes should be evident to most people. The final episode is a cliffhanger, however, the "episode previews" at the end of the credits ruins the "cliffhanger".

The series is written as Original and Uncut, this means that the episodes have the original Japanese opening. All of the 20 episodes in this volume use the original Japanese opening for Bleach, with the song, "Asterisk" by Orange Range (they seem to have done an ending theme in Naruto); the opening song will grow on most people after 20 episodes, even if it sounds weird at first. The two ending themes are also Japanese, the first is "Life is Like a Boat" by "Rie Fu" which has some English lyrics, and "Thank You" by "Home Made Kazoku." The endings are more enjoyable. At the end of each ending is an episode preview with hilarious commentary done by a revolving cast of characters.

The voice actors are all amazing and a few of them have voiced roles in other anime. For example the Johnny Yong Bosch who voices Ichigo sounds exactly like the voice of Lelouch Lamperouge/Zero in Code Geass (basically if you saw that anime, then his voice has not changed one bit). The Derek Stephen Prince who voices Uryu in Bleach sounds exactly like Ken from Digimo, and Shino from Naruto. The voice of one of the Hollows in Bleach sounds exactly like Pakkun from Naruto. So the English cast did well for this show. OF course since this is an ORIGINAL and UNCUT boxset full Japanese vocals are included with English subtitles, so purists should be proud.

The show has solid animation that doesn't fall apart in high action sequences. The solid colors works in making this look like a modern anime as well. Blood is also appropriately shown in this ORIGINAL and UNCUT version.

Finally in terms of the product, a poster of Ichigo is included in which he is wielding his zanpakuto "Zangetsu". Each of the 5 disc's has its own graphic on it. The DVD boxset has an outbox that surrounds a case of the 5 discs. It is reasonably sturdy and nice looking.

Bonus features of the discs includes previews of various Shonen Jump anime such as Naruto, as well as other VIZ media properties. There is also an extensive section on the behind the scenes with the English language cast, and lastly "clean" (creditless) versions of the ending themes.

Ultimately this is a pretty solid boxset for the anime and is an appropriate start for the series. It is suggested that anyone who likes previous Shonen Jump anime, or even just Shonen anime in particular pick up this boxset and start collecting them for Bleach.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best... 19 Nov. 2009
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I got started watching this Anime by my nephew. He mentioned it, and I sought out the episodes on Joost, Hulu and Youtube. I have to say that I was really impressed by the production. This is an anime the exemplifies what an Anime should be. After just a few episodes, I went out and bought Season One. Now I am a parent of a 9 year old child, so what I have to say is with that in mind. She doesn't really watch this with me, but she knows that it's "Daddy's Cartoon." She watches it with me from time to time but right now she's more interested in Shojo type anime. Bleach is violent, that is one of the things I should say up front. But unlike others, I don't fear my child seeing violence on a Cartoon. The makers of this Anime aren't trying to manage your children, they're trying to tell a story--a fact that animators in the US would do well to realize. That's one of this anime's strengths--it doesn't try to reshape the world. There are good guys and there are bad guys and right is right and wrong is wrong. That's the way a hero's story should be.

Ichigo is a complex character, as are all of the characters in this saga. Even with their complexities, it is easy to follow and I like that. Chad, Uryu, Rukia, Orihime and Kon all develop as characters during the course of this story. No one is cardboard or seems to be window dressing to the story. The way Ichigo interacts with each of them further establishes his image as the hero. I particularly enjoy the relationship between Ichigo and Rukia who come to mean a lot to each other as friends and perhaps even more...

While Ichigo gains strength as a Soul Reaper, he is not invincible. He makes a lot of mistakes and he suffers for them. In spite of this, he overcomes his setbacks and pushes forward. He doesn't think about the possibility that he might loose. He's protective of his friends and willing to sacrifice in order to protect the people who need protecting. This has rapidly become my favorite Anime and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys anime.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleach is a GREAT Anime! 7 Oct. 2009
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Bleach is a amazing anime! I have watched all the episodes out so far In the English Dub (153 episodes with more episodes to come) and in the Japanese Sub (240 episodes with more to come) and its just AMAZING! Sinse Amazon already tells you what Bleach is about in the desription, I'm just gonna get right to the point and talk about the box set.

When I got my box set in the mail it came in great condition and their were no scratches on the discs either. The boxset cover has Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki on the front and on the back it tells you what Bleach is about and what you will expect in the first season. Their are 5 discs with 4 episodes on each disc and it even comes with a douple sided Ichigo poster and on the back of the poster has Bleach character production art inside too. This boxset is made a little different then other anime boxsets, you have to open the Bleach boxset kinda like a book to look at the discs unlike some other anime boxsets that have you unfold it to see the discs and such. Personally, i like how the Bleach boxsets are made better then how other anime boxsets are made. ANYWAYS....If you don't like the English Audio and prefer the Japanese version with subtitles you can always go to "Set Up" on the Main Menu of whatever Bleach disc you are on and change the language, I like the Japanese version and the English version but when it comes to which one i like better i would have to say that i like the Japanese version better but i still very much like the English version too. The subtitles they use for the Japanese version for the boxset are kinda similar to how the English cast people talk BUT the subtitles are still different then it though! i just said that they are KINDA similar, The subtitles are very seeable and easy to read also.

There is also special features like "Behind the scenes from Bleach", Production Art, and the Bleach Ending with no credits in it. The boxset all together is approximetley 460 minutes. If you are a Bleach fan or anime fan PLEASE give Bleach a try!! i'm sure you would like it, especially if u like shonen anime!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleach Seasons 1, 2 and 3 = A great story arc 1 Nov. 2009
By Nicholas J. Calabrese - Published on
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I was looking around for a good anime and was asking friends what was good. They said either Full Metal Alchemist or Bleach. I researched both and came to a decision to look into Bleach due to the supernatural and samurai fantasy fiction I like, plus the plot and imagination is just astounding. Pretty much, my friends were right about Bleach.

Seeing Im able to do only one review, Im going to include the other 2 seasons of Bleach as well. Warning: I am just giving you a one sentence summary for each season, so read ahead at your own risk.

The first season is amazing and shows pretty much what the show is about.The second season shows Ichigo and his friends arriving in the spirit realm on the way to rescue Rukia from the Soul Society and fight the Soul Reaper captains along the way. And finally, season 3 draws down to who ordered the execution of Rukia, which will be a twist you will not believe; as well as the amazing fights that Ichigo will have as well some of the Soul Reaper Captains.

The way I see it, each episode I watched, the show was getting better each disc. Bleach is one of those animes that gets better each time you watch a new episode, to be honest; it is very rare to find a good show that gets you interested these days. I bought it on trust and instinct, and both of those turned out to be good. I highly recommend this anime for anyone just starting out or beginning to discover anime. Besides, all the Bleach dvds are original and uncut, do not waste time buying the separate little discs; get it all in the box sets on Amazon for cheap.
5.0 out of 5 stars The bleach series is a stroke of genius. 12 Mar. 2009
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The bleach series is a stroke of genius. What: with its many assortment of characters; and also with it's classic story of someone trying to save someone, but at the same time giving it a flavor of uniqueness that is truly its own. ^_^ Ever since I watched the first episode I knew that it would be something to continue watching and now I'm addicted to it. I would watch Bleach on Adult Swim's Saturday Night Line-Up so there would be in actual afew episodes that I would miss due to "Mr Sandman". So, buying Bleach is very important. The Bleach series is beyond one of the best out there. Honors to Tite Kubo, and all the people that made and are still making the series come to life on the "Big Screen". Now, I bought the season one and two Box-sets of Bleach but am only going to leave a review here. I don't feel a sense of rambling on so... This is totally great! *bows in thanks* ^_^ I am pleased two-fold.
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